Holiday shoppers spending less

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Jeremy and Michelle King of Clovis said the economic downturn has them spending less during the holidays. Strolling with their children Saturday through the North Plains Mall, the Kings said their holiday shopping this year is focused on their children. Michelle King, 32, a state employee, said they are […]

Residents thankful for falling gas prices

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By Sarah Meyer and Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico With gas prices more than a dollar less than they were around the holidays last year, families have one worry to scratch off their list this year. The current average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $2.012 for New Mexico, according to AAA […]

Nov. 27, 1959

The Portales News-Tribune reported that Sgt. Jerry Mathis and his wife came from Germany, where he was stationed, to visit his parents in Portales for the holidays. They were to be in the area until late December after Christmas.

Military life foreign concept to many

By Anita Doberman: Columnist It’s almost impossible not to think about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during the holidays. As military families, we may have loved ones away and the holidays can be a particularly trying time. I found that to me the holidays reveal a deep disconnect between military families and civilians. Most […]

There’s power in being bossed

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Once upon a time, a warlord rampaged throughout the countryside, killing every peasant until only a monk remained. Furious, he ordered the monk brought before him and shouted, “Do you know who I am?” “I am he who can run you through with a sword without even batting an eye!” […]

County News (Dec. 21)

Dora News Weather turns cold Someone must have left the gate open wide up north, at least we have had a lot of cold and breezy days. Bible study travels The Dora Baptist ladies Bible class visited with a shut-in member for Bible study time Sunday. Mary Blakeley, Norma Cummings and Charlie Carmichael went down […]

“War on Christmas” an overreaching description

By Kevin Wilson There are a few things that have been crossing my mind lately. Some thoughts are larger than others, but none were large enough to dedicate an entire 500 words to. • Neither side is completely right in this “Happy Holidays” argument. The reason merchants say “Happy Holidays” is because it’s easier than […]

Prepare for holiday depression in advance

Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Now it’s official. Halloween candy has hardened and most of us have recovered from eating three times our body weight at Thanksgiving. That means we can gallop onward like a Santa sleigh to the very next step. The big stretch of Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza and whatever year-end celebration may abound by cavemen in […]

The Huber guide to a PC Yuletide

Bob Huber: Humor Columnist Now comes Christmas with its roasted chestnuts and guys begging change for charity in front of Wal-Mart stores, all of which makes me watch my language. I learned that yuletide lesson as a youngster when my mother utilized her Nebraska wit by saying, “If you can‘t talk clean during the holidays, […]

Don’t let change dampen your holidays

By Helena Rodriguez When you come from a family as huge as mine, you start to feel lonely as fewer and fewer people come home for Christmas each year. And when you start to compare the stress-filled holidays of your adulthood to the carefree ones of your childhood, Christmas can lose that “magical touch.” As […]

Nov. 17 Floyd News

By Jennifer Essary Transitions Birthdays: Panny Bigler; Delbert Rector Upcoming events • Seniors meet Thursday night for games and friendship. • The Back Porch Pickers meet this Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Community Building. This is open to everyone in the community and surrounding area that have any interest playing or listening to music. […]

Nov. 10 Floyd News

By Jennifer Essary Transitions Birthdays: Justin Whitecotton; Lewis Gregory; Darcee Chenault; Holly Chandler. Upcoming Events • Seniors meet Thursday night for games and friendship. • Thanksgiving holidays for the school will be Nov. 24-28. Football The Floyd Broncos were victorious over Mountainair, 49-16. The undefeated Broncos will play for the state title against Melrose at […]

Watch out for Old Man Clonch this holiday season

Bib Huber (Christmas carols playing.) Ah the holidays, that time of year for fireplaces and hot spiced cider, the sounds of crinkling wrapping paper and children squealing, and, of course — THE CURSE OF OLD MAN CLONCH! (Carols segue to ominous music.) When I was a kid, it was tough being bad during the holidays, […]

Fire officials fear holiday sparks

Tony Parra The Christmas season brings with it presents, joy and time to spend with family. But it also brings with it distractions which add to fire dangers, fire officials say. “There are so many distractions that parents have to deal with during the holidays,” Karen Burns of the Clovis Fire Prevention Center said. “There […]